Founded in New York in 1920 as the first creative collective of its kind, The Art Directors Club (ADC) is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization that celebrates and inspires creative excellence, connecting visual communications professionals from around the world. The ADC's mission is to promote the highest standards of excellence and integrity in visual communications and to encourage students and young professionals entering the field.
The ADC Annual Awards competition is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. It celebrates the best work in advertising, interactive media, graphic design, illustration and photography.
The 85th Annual Awards Exhibition honours the Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Distinctive Merit winners, and was shown in the ADC Gallery, New York in June 2006. London College of Communication (LCC) is the first stop on its tour of Europe, which includes venues such as Designers of Madrid Association and Association for Promotion of Visual Culture in Zagreb, Croatia. The exhibition at LCC is sponsored by the Centre for Creative Business.
There are over 200 winners exhibited, selected from over 11,500 entries in the categories of Advertising, Interactive Media, Hybrid (defined as communications work that employs no less than three media channels), Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography.